Valencia have sacked president Anil Murthy over the controversy of leaked audios in which he discussed sensitive topics with local businessmen, which the club say has damaged their reputation.
Valencia-based sports newspaper Superdeporte published audio recordings earlier this month from a private dinner attended by Murthy in April.
Valencia initially accused the newspaper of running a “smear campaign” after it published audio of Murthy describing Liverpool and Newcastle as “s–t” cities while also threatening to “kill” the reputation of midfielder Carlos Soler if he left the club on a free transfer next season.
The Spanish club insisted that the recordings were “taken out of context from a private conversation and recorded illegitimately without the permission of the president of Valencia, Anil Murthy.”
The club also said Murthy and his family have received death threats since the audio recordings emerged.
Valencia have now issued a further statement, however, confirming Murthy’s immediate departure and distancing themselves from his remarks.
The La Liga side announced that academy director Sean Bai has been appointed as interim CEO while the clubs looks for a replacement for Murthy, who had presided over the club since July 2017.
The board would like to clarify that the content of the leaked conversations between Anil Murthy and various third parties are the personal views of Anil Murthy and not of Valencia CF.
Valencia CF disassociates itself from his views. The board values the importance of a close relationship between the club, the community, fans, government authorities, media and other stakeholders.
The board hold the view that a change in leadership is required, in order to regain the trust of the fans and the community and put Valencia in a position for success.
Effective immediately, Anil Murthy will cease to be both president and an employee of Valencia.
The board is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Bai as acting director general on an interim basis. Mr. Bai has been with the club since 2018 and is currently the director of the academy.
The board will immediately commence a search process to appoint a new president for Valencia, and an announcement will be made in due course.
Soler, who is one of the club’s captains, is under contract until June 2023 but is yet to sign a contract extension.
Valencia finished ninth in La Liga this season and lost the Copa del Rey final on penalties to Real Betis.